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 Awards, Grammy Nominations 2019

Grammy Nominations 2019For six decades, the Grammys (presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences) have been one of the major events in the global record-industry year, and on Friday the shortlist for the 2019 Awards was announced, with nominees including Andris Nelsons, James Ehnes, The King's Singers, and (for the second year running) the late Dmitri Hvorostovsky. The winners will be revealed in a star-studded ceremony at Staples Center, Los Angeles on Sunday 10th February.

Read on for details of the contenders nominated in each of the eight main classical categories - many of our own favourites from the past twelve months or so make an appearance, plus a few wild cards which we'll be exploring in more depth over the coming weeks!

Orchestral Performance

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Manfred Honeck

Available Formats: SACD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC, Hi-Res+ FLAC

Estelí Gomez (soprano), John Taylor Ward (baritone), Thomas Dausgaard

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas

Available Formats: 2 SACDs, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC, Hi-Res+ FLAC

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

Available Formats: 2 CDs, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Opera Recording

Gerald Finley (Robert Oppenheimer), Julia Bullock (Kitty Oppenheimer), Brindley Sherratt (Edward Teller), Samuel Sakker (James Nolan), Andrew Staples (Robert Wilson), Jennifer Johnston (Pasqualita); BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Orchestra, John Adams

Available Formats: 2 CDs, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Edwards Parks (Steve Jobs), Garrett Sorenson (Steve Wozniak), Sasha Cooke (Laurene), Jessica E. Jones (Chrisann), Wei Wu (Kōbun Chino Otogawa); Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, Michael Christie

Available Formats: 2 SACDs, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Judith Van Wanroij (Alceste/La Gloire), Edwin Crossley-Mercer (Alcide), Emiliano Gonzalez Toro (Admète/Second Triton); Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques

Available Formats: 2 CDs, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Renée Fleming (Marschallin), Elīna Garanča (Octavian), Günther Groissböck (Baron Ochs), Erin Morley (Sophie), Markus Brück (Herr von Faninal), Matthew Polenzani (An Italian Singer); The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus, Sebastian Weigle

Available Format: 2 DVD Videos

Renée Fleming (Marschallin), Elīna Garanča (Octavian), Günther Groissböck (Baron Ochs), Erin Morley (Sophie), Markus Brück (Herr von Faninal), Matthew Polenzani (An Italian Singer); The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus, Sebastian Weigle

Available Format: Blu-ray

Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Rigoletto), Nadine Sierra (Gilda), Francesco Demuro (Il Duca), Andrea Mastroni (Sparafucile), Oksana Volkova (Maddalena); Kaunas Symphony Orchestra, Men of the Kaunas State Choir, Constantine Orbelian

Available Formats: 2 CDs, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Choral Performance

Patram Institute Male Choir, Vladimir Gorbik

Available Formats: SACD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

The Clarion Choir, Steven Fox

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

The Crossing, Donald Nally

Available Formats: MP3, CD Quality FLAC

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Mariss Jansons

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance

Laurie Anderson (vocals). Kronos Quartet

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Danish String Quartet

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Aizuri Quartet

Available Formats: MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Marc-André Hamelin (piano), Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)

Available Format: CD

Classical Instrumental Solo

Yuja Wang (piano), Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle

Available Format: 5 SACDs + Blu-ray

Christina Day Martinson (violin), Boston Baroque, Martin Pearlman

Available Format: CD

Joshua Bell (violin/director), Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Craig Morris (trumpet)

Available Formats: MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

James Ehnes (violin), Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Ludovic Morlot

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Classical Solo Vocal Album

Anthony Roth Costanzo (countertenor), Les Violons du Roy, Jonathan Cohen

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Philippe Jaroussky (countertenor/director), Ensemble Artaserse

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Sabine Devieilhe (soprano), Alexandre Tharaud (piano), Les Siècles, François-Xavier Roth

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Randall Scarlata (baritone), Gilbert Kalish (piano)

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC

Monteverdi, Caccini, Merula, Brunelli, Castello, Cima, Landi

Karim Sulayman (tenor), Apollo's Fire, Jeannette Sorrell

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Classical Compendium

Jeffrey Biegel (piano), London Symphony Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

The King's Singers

Available Formats: 3 CDs, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Berliner Philharmoniker, Rundfunkchor Berlin, John Adams, Alan Gilbert, Gustavo Dudamel, Kirill Petrenko, Sir Simon Rattle

Available Formats: 4 CDs + 2 Blu-ray Videos, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC, Hi-Res+ FLAC

Dallas Winds, Jerry Junkin

Available Formats: SACD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC, Hi-Res+ FLAC

Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Elmer Iseler Singers, Peter Oundjian

Available Formats: SACD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Contemporary Classical Composition

Edwards Parks (Steve Jobs), Garrett Sorenson (Steve Wozniak), Sasha Cooke (Laurene), Jessica E. Jones (Chrisann), Wei Wu (Kōbun Chino Otogawa); Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, Michael Christie

Available Formats: 2 SACDs, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Joyce DiDonato (Arden Scott), Ailyn Pérez (Tatyana Bakst), Frederica von Stade (Winnie Flato), Nathan Gunn (Sid Taylor), Anthony Roth Costanzo (Roane Heckle); Orchestra and Chorus of The Dallas Opera, Patrick Summers

Available Formats: 2 CDs, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC, Hi-Res+ FLAC

James Ehnes (violin), Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Ludovic Morlot

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Olivia de Prato (violin)

Available Formats: MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC